Plan My Day in London (Include a Fabulous Lunch)
November 19, 2013 4:06 PM   Subscribe

I'll be arriving at Marylebone station at 10:30am and departing from the same station around 5:00pm. What should I do with my six hours? I definitely want to have lunch somewhere fabulous.
posted by tmharris65 to Travel & Transportation around London, England (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Can you narrow the question down for us at all? What do you enjoy doing / seeing / eating? Where are you visiting from? Have you been to London before? Will you go again? Which day will this be?

Me, I'd probably head for the Wallace Collection, and maybe even eat there, if I were coming into Marylebone - but I have the luxury of ready access to London, and I really like museums. If I were visiting for the only time in a year, I'd look very carefully at the opportunities highlighted by the Londonist; and if I were visiting for the only time in a lifetime, erm, I guess I'd ask Metafilter...!
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 5:09 PM on November 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

The national gallery in Trafalgar square has a good locavore restaurant and you can walk up charing cross road to foyles. The cafeteria in St. Martin in the fields is nice too, if you don't want to splurge.

Too bad Roganic is closed; I had a fantastic tasting dinner there.
posted by brujita at 5:17 PM on November 19, 2013

Lunch somewhere fabulous, eh?

Marylebone High St has a couple of decent options. For a cheaper meal at a large communal table, try La Fromagerie. For more grand food try Villandry. Off Marylebone High St cote de boeuf (you need a friend to share) at the Bee Hive pub is amazingly good - the pub itself looks and feels a bit crappy but the beef is first rate.

Like brujita says, it's a pity Roganic isn't still open. It was among the top restaurants in London.

In Fitzrovia/Oxford Circus, options include Fino, Hakkasan (but: underground, so gloomy by day), Pollen St Social (and Little Social), Roka.

If you can get a booking, and you probably can't, the hottest place to go eat is Dabbous. No idea if it is worth the hype but the critics suggest it is.

Other places I'd consider: Covent Garden and Clerkenwell both have a good mix of good value and expensive.

Covent Garden: Terroirs, Green Man & French Horn, Hawksmoor, Balthazar, Les Deux Salons.

Clerkenwell: St John (bar or restaurant), Modern Pantry, Bruno Loubet, Caravan, Moro.

Note - if you go really fabulous and have a tasting menu somewhere high end, you'll need a good 3 hours for lunch.
posted by MuffinMan at 2:25 AM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

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